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The Process of Delegation

Achieving results through others

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Language:  English
A how-to book on delegating effectively for maximum results while developing and motivating your staff, and freeing up time for the critical functions of management.
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A manager’s job exceeds what can be done by one person alone. Delegation is essential, not only for the effective fulfillment of a manager’s responsibilities, but also for the development of future managers. This book outlines the delegation process, and provides step by step instructions on how to get things done through others for maximum results.

It includes the benefits of delegation, indicators of poor delegation, how to decide what and to whom to delegate, guidelines for effective delegation, and advice for those on the receiving end of delegation.

  1. The basics of delegation
    1. What is delegation?
    2. Responsibility and authority
    3. Limits of authority
    4. The benefits of delegation
  2. Why managers don’t delegate
    1. Indicators of faulty delegation
    2. The “Do it myself ” syndrome
  3. The delegation process
    1. Deciding what to delegate
    2. Delegate some things you don’t want to delegate
    3. Schedule time for training
    4. Select the people you will train
    5. Clarify your assignments
  4. Releasing your job to others
    1. Let your employees decide
    2. Let your employees excel
  5. Guidelines for delegation
    1. Recognize the need to delegate
    2. Some specific guidelines to follow when delegating
  6. Controlling performance
    1. Keeping track of assignments
    2. Keep your expectations high
    3. Performance appraisals
    4. Break reviews into two or more sessions
  7. Advice for the delegatee
    1. What to do when your boss won’t delegate
    2. Delegation is not a spectator sport
    3. Manage yourself and your job
    4. Bring the boss solutions, not problems
    5. How to get experience
    6. Excel in your present job
  8. Delegate or stagnate
    1. Building a strong future
    2. Help develop greatness in others
    3. Delegation grows teams more than individuals
  9. About the author
Great suggestions to read and to implement. Author repeats some content/points again and again in different chapters. But I really liked it as they are important topics.
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About the Author

Harold Taylor

Harold Taylor, CSP, president of Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd., and now operating as Taylor In Time, was a Quality Control Supervisor and Plant Manager in industry for 12 years and a teaching master at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto, Canada for eight years before launching into the consulting business. He has been speaking, writing and conducting training programs on the topic of effective time management for over 35 years. He has written over 20 books, including a Canadian bestseller, Making Time Work for You. He has developed over 50 time management products, including the popular Taylor Planner, which has sold in 38 countries around the world. He has had over 300 articles accepted for publication.

A past director of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Harold Taylor received their Founder’s Award in 1999 for outstanding contributions to the organizing profession. He received the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation in 1987 from the National Speakers Association. In 1998 the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers inducted him into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. And in 2001, he received the first Founder’s Award from the Professional Organizers in Canada. The award has been named in his honor.

Since 1981, when he incorporated the original time management company, he has personally presented over 2000 workshops, speeches and keynotes on the topic of time and life management. 

Harold lives in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. He writes e-books for (25 to date), some of which have been translated into other languages, publishes a weekly blog at his website (also posted on Facebook & Twitter), a quarterly time management newsletter for his 2000 plus subscribers, sends out weekly tweets, and speaks to senior’s and other groups on “growing older without growing old” in addition to “time and life management.”

He is active in his local church, a member of the board of directors of Sussex & Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Fundy Silverados Friendship Club, writes a column on business in the Kings County Record, and performs additional volunteer work in his spare time.